Humans of Stockwell Street #4

Bethany Wilkins

From Northamptonshire. Third year in Graphic design.

What motivates you when it comes to doing your deadlines and your projects?
Where I come from, I just don’t want to end up like everyone else there. I’d rather have a good job, work hard, have something that I enjoy doing instead of bar work and waiting. I’m the first one who went to university from my family.

What’s your advice to a future student?
If you do have a job, which you’ll probably need to have; try not let that overrule your work. Uni will come first but it is important to obviously make money. Just try to make time to study and sleep, and to do more than I’m doing right now.

 

A question from a student: Why did you pick this particular course?
It was more the fact that on the website, it described it as everything that I wanted to do. I wasn’t quite sure what subject I wanted to study, so that’s why graphic design was something I could relate to because you get to study everything at once. It’s broadening my skills.

Movement 2018

Movement is a conference, which aims to showcase and discuss the status quo of Animation, Motion Graphics, CGI, AR, VR ,AI and Creative Media. ‘Movement 2018’ brings together practitioners, artists, directors, researchers​ and academics. The audience will have the opportunity to experience the latest advancements in contemporary digital, immersive, augmented world. It is two days long event, that promises to be extremely vibrant and entertaining, as well as useful. Tickets are free and can be booked here.

Royal Television Society Student Awards

The Royal Television Society, London Student Awards recognise the best audiovisual work created by students at undergraduate and postgraduate level. It’s like the Oscars for students – just as glamorous and rewarding. Our lovely film students have won the award for ‘Best Short Drama’. This award is going to CPDA students at the University of Greenwich for the second year running. We’re all immensely proud of their achievement.

Film poster for “Philip Knight”.

The winning team

The winning team, left to right,
Chris Hailes: Writer / Director
Joao Corona: Sound Designer
Bethany Cornelius: Producer
Horia Dragoi: Cinematographer / VFX Artist

A special thank you also goes to Em Cooke: Camera Department and Joshua Cowle: 1st AD / Fight Director, who weren’t able to be there.

Their movie ‘Philip Knight’ is a political drama filled with stunning scenery, not only from University Of Greenwich, but also from the French Alps. A project that exceeds expectations. It tells a story of two opposing politicians and their race for leadership. Elizabeth June has leaked a scandal to the press about Philip, and so he takes it upon himself to dig up some dirt on Elizabeth in order to bump her headline and regain control.

The academic team

Three proud academics, from left to right,
Alex Lichtenfels: Lecturer in film and television production
Lucy Brown: Subject leader for film and television production
Gregory Sporton: Head of Department, CPDA

Staff and students

CPDA staff and students pose with their lovely awards.

Take a look at the movies facebook page for more information.

Humans of Stockwell Street #3

Emily Guest

Working at the department for architecture and landscape.

“You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars, and you have a right to be here.”

What is the most interesting part of your job?
As I’m a senior administrator for the department, I get to work with a lot of different people across the university. So be it academic staff or faculty, students, so I get to kind of see it all, which I think is the best thing – just working with people all across the university.

What is the best thing about working at Stockwell street?
Stockwell street is beautiful, because it’s got fifteen roof gardens, and huge windows that I sit next to, so we get the morning sun and it’s just got a really cool, design vibe to it. It’s very creative. You have the architects and the landscape students, as well as all the design, and art, and film students; altogether; which is really nice. I also love how the space goes from really small to huge.It is a dynamic place to work.

What is your favourite memory?
Probably the first time I saw the living wall. It really blew me away. I think I saw it on my first day here. It was the coolest thing I’ve seen in a long time and in an office as well.

The Granular Performance and Colloquium: review

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Granular Performance and Colloquium was a great weekend full of music, noise, art and talks. Regretfully, I did not get a chance to see our keynote speaker Greg Hainge or any of the other speakers on Saturday morning, so this will only be a review of the performances.

That moment in the darkened TV studio, where all the seats were full, and after a short speech by David Waterworth, David Ryan raised his hands, the music started and the Granular event, that had been planned for so long, became. What followed was a weekend of talks and performances that all in some way, involved something becoming, changing and/or ceasing to be.

What became of David Ryan and Ensemble’s performance of Recitativo was a visual music piece filled with dramatic tension. In moments the dark, powerful lows of Joe Zeitllin’s cello thundered and mixed with the crisp, tense highs of William Crosby’s guitar, as Italian whispers of Cristina Grifone interweaved with the out of sync, English whispers of Kelcy Davenport. Expertly switching between moments of high volume and low volume, confused, whispered, overlapped speech and emphasised words. What resulted for me was a fragmented experience where I only caught bits of what each speaker was saying. The music was tense and dynamic and this combined with the visuals of Roman statues, and smoky, volcanic rocks produced an experience where the visuals matched the sounds, and became like another part of the orchestration. Overall a fantastic performance filled with tension and dynamics.

On Saturday after lunch, Rob Smith and Charles Danby’s performance started with a bowl of quicklime, with a cable inside, attached to a speaker that Rob carefully poured water over. What started to happen was the quicklime expanded and broke apart. Rob poured water over another bowl of quicklime that ignited and a video of the bowl was projected onto the side of the lecture theatre. As the quicklime burned you could hear the fizzing sound amplified by the speakers. Then the presentation of the paper began. Equally narrated by Rob and Charles, the paper focused on the working landscape of canals, quarries, tramways and kilns that serviced the lime industry of the rural Black Mountains which in turn fed the nations heavy industries that roared through South Wales. When these quarries are not used anymore they become heritage sites and serve a social function in the community. After the presentation of the paper had ended the quicklime continued to burn for another minute or so before burning out and thus ending the performance. Overall, a very good piece about change, history and heritage, with a unique way of presenting.

After Rob and Charles’ performance there was another performance of Recitativo in the TV studio. This time however, it was just a small part and featured David Ryan on clarinet, Ian Mitchell on bass clarinet, and Cristina Grifone and Kelcy Davenport on vocals. The booming sound of the bass clarinet was deeply satisfying to the ear and again the piece was filled with tension. Whispers in both Italian and English and words with emphasis, again created a fragmented experience of Lucretius and Negri’s writing. However, for me the stand out for this performance was Cristina Grifone’s vocal work. She never missed a note of the high range and her whole body moved as she dramatically embodied a kind of crying or prickling pain, in ahs and ahhhhs, like she was about to sneeze. A truly unique and fantastic performance.

The last performance of the day was Russell Duke. I had the privilege of speaking to Russell as he was setting up in the project space and he walked me through his set up. An EKG (what doctors use to check the heart’s electrical functioning) attached to a plant, which produced a boing noise when you flicked one of the leaves. A synth and a bunch of pedals and knobs and dials. Oh, and a few fidget spinners attached to a hat. And yes, these made noise.

Beginning loud and staying loud, Russell’s piece was like going to a rock concert in an art gallery. I enjoyed seeing how Russell’s manipulations of the instruments available to him interacted with each other and changed the course of the piece. With an improvised feel and a range of exciting methods of creating sound, Russell’s piece was noise at its finest.

As the event came to an end everyone had a drink and enjoyed the exhibition. It was very satisfying to see all the work of planning and organising come to fruition, in what was a successful event. Like the exhibition, each piece of work or performance seemed different but when put together they really complimented each other. Granularity was at the core of each and it was great to see artists and academics of different backgrounds, from far and wide, come together and explore these ideas together.

Review written by Wesley Sloan 

Digital Arts BA (Hons)

If you would like more information about the Digital Arts BA, here is a video that would help you understand the course better.

Thanks to all the students who have participated to the creation of this video!

Benedict Kpaku; Razvan Manea; Anthony Nikolaou; Cem Anacali; Jack Stocks; Carolina Padilla Perez; Catarina Ross; Laurence Cross; Thea Jacobsen; Maya Higdon; Marcus Watling; Alex Onyejuba; Magdalena Nuspahic; Thomas J. Turner; Maris Zaharevics; Eduard Gal; Anna Chetry; Shaquile Dufu.

Humans of Stockwell Street #2

Conor Ward from South of England

Year two in Film and TV

What is the best thing about studying at Stockwell street?
I like that it’s usually heated to a good temperature. I also like the fact that I can go and talk to my tutors at any point. They’re always happy to speak about problems or ideas.

 

What is your advice to future students?
If you’re doing film, buy a camera before you buy a laptop. There are a lot of laptops here but with your own camera, you can shoot your own stuff. So, if you are doing film, camera before a laptop.

 

What is your favourite memory?
We had a photography meeting in the middle of London with loads of people, that was fun.

The Performativity of Painting

A public Q&A and open forum with the artists: discussing the exhibition’s inquiry.

Artists: Tobias Buckel, Liz Elton, David Lock, J.A. Nicholls, Selma Parlour, James Pimperton, Rebecca Molloy, Alex Roberts.

Painting – the performance of structures, fragments and use of space within the perceived painted frame, and the relating inherent surround.

Tickets for the event are free and can be found here.

Humans of Stockwell Street #1

Gergana Vasileva from Bulgaria

First year in Graphic and Digital Design

“Life is a journey and I’m still learning until I die.” 

What’s your favourite thing about studying at Stockwell street?
Like I said, I’m still in first year and I’m not sure what is it going to look like later on, but I enjoy the fact that I met a lot of creative people. You have the freedom to do and experiment more.

 

What is your advice to future students?
I would say it’s a great university and as I said, I really enjoy it. I will just tell them, go for it. Come here and you’ll be able to express yourself. It truly is a great place.

 

What is your favourite memory?
The thing that I mostly enjoy is, we’ve been doing something called ink and bleach, once a week, we were experimenting with a lot of different things and it was so much fun.

Sonic Exchange

An exciting event coming up at the end of this week, Friday 2nd of February.

A loudspeaker orchestra concert of works created by Composers and Sound Designers at the University of Greenwich, with guest composers from City University. The entry is free and

tickets can be found here. The event will be followed by a drink reception. Great fun if you’re a music lover, and who isn’t?

 

Humans of Stockwell Street

 

The ‘Humans of Stockwell street’ project, is inspired by the facebook page, called ‘Humans of New York’.

Its purpose is to introduce some of our students, staff and lecturers at ‘Stockwell Street’. It is also for our applicants who are just now applying to the University of Greenwich, providing advice, and it is a nice way to get to know the people they are going to be spending time with.

We are going to be posting two interviews on this page, every week. If you’d like to get involved in our campaign, please email me at y.dimitrova@gre.ac.uk. It wouldn’t take more than ten minutes of your time and you’ll be changing the world.

CPDA Creative Network: Panels, Drinks and Steps

 

Alumni & Third Year Student Mixer: 

The Creative Professions and Digital Arts Department of the University of Greenwich invites alumni to join them for an evening of socialising, networking and making new connections in the creative industries.

5pm: Alumni Panel

6pm: Drinks Reception and Networking

The event will be a great opportunity for you to return to the University, talk to students about life after graduating and make industry connections. Please invite any of your colleagues from programmes relating to 3D Design, Animation, Digital Arts Practice, Digital Film Production, Film and TV production, Film Studies, Graphic and Digital Design, Media and Communications and Sound Design. The CPDA department would love to see you.

Tickets are free but we advise you do RSVP for security and catering purposes.

RSVP HERE: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cpda-alumni-network